|Document ID (ISN)||104629|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||McBride D.I., Firth H.M., Herbison G.P.
||Noise exposure and hearing loss in agriculture: A survey of farmers and farm workers in the Southland region of New Zealand
||Dec. 2003, Vol.45, No.12, p.1281-1288. Illus. 16 ref.
||06-0173.pdf [in English]
||This study involved a questionnaire survey and audiometric testing of 586 farmers and farm workers and noise level measurements on 60 farms. Noise levels ranged from 84.8 to 86.8 dB(A) and hearing losses were consistent with this level of exposure. Age, driving tractors without cabs and working with metal were important risk factors. Reported compliance with hearing protection was higher than that actually observed. While the majority of farmers had a moderate risk of hearing loss, a significant minority were at high risk. Elimination and isolation of noise sources are the control methods of choice.
||New Zealand; agriculture; hearing loss; noise level
||tractors; exposure evaluation; age-linked differences; risk factors; cross-sectional study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||New Zealand|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Noise, hearing and vibration
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the ear and hearing damage